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Book Title: Mr Norris Changes Trains|
The author of the book: Christopher Isherwood
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The size of the: 539 KB
Edition: Vintage Digital
Date of issue: September 30th 2011
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Read full description of the books Mr Norris Changes Trains:William Bradshaw, living in Berlin Englishman, meets on the train Mr Norris. He is remarkable and I may even say sophisticated person; by turns charming and crafty, narcissistic and vain, his manners and attire are elegant and impeccable and his approach to life may be summed up in his own words: I only wish to have three sorts of people as my friends, those who are very rich, those who are very witty, and those who are very beautiful . No wonder that from the first moment William is fascinated by Arthur Norris and accidental meeting right away turns into friendship.
William, in good faith and due to innate gullibility (I show him a little mercy not naming it stupidity), attends new friend's life. He accompanies Arthur to Berlin's underworld, engages in political activity and, convinced about his financial problems, let himself get entangled in spy affair. His interest and friendship to Norris does not falter despite warnings from other friends and Arthur's opaque explanations about his finances, dubious activities and disreputable acquaintances.
Mr Norris changes trains is very well written novel, with great evocation of prewar Berlin , its inhabitants and decadent atmosphere. And though we can sense overwhelming presence of coming Nazis, novel has ironic touch and abounds in hilarious incidents. Isherwood focuses predominantly on Norris but also introduces distinctive and memorable supporting characters, like Baron Pregnitz ( indulging himself with peculiar likings ), Olga, rather resourceful woman ( she was a procuress, a cocaine-seller, and a receiver of stolen goods; she also let lodgings, took in washing and, when in mood, did exquisite fancy needlework ) , dominattrix Anni or devious Arthur's assistant, Schmidt of whom Arthur used to say those who are foolish enough to keep snakes as pets usually have cause to regret it, sooner or later .
We can observe born of the fascism, participate in communist rally and drunken orgy as well and our pockets are empty due to galloping inflation. But in the turn of events, step by step, we're coming to the truth of the real Arthur's face and in the end, despite his ridiculous excuses and attempts to justify himself, we can even, oddly enough, pity him though we can’t deny that he got exactly what he deserved. And I may assure you that it was not Anni's whip at all.
Read information about the authorChristopher Isherwood was a novelist, playwright, screen-writer, autobiographer, and diarist. He was also homosexual and made this a theme of some of his writing. He was born near Manchester in the north of England in 1904, became a U.S. citizen in 1946, and died at home in Santa Monica, California in January 1986.
Isherwood was the grandson and heir of a country squire, and his boyhood was privileged. With a school friend, Wystan Auden, he wrote three plays—The Dog Beneath the Skin (1932), The Ascent of F6 (1936), and On the Frontier (1938). Isherwood tells the story in his first autobiography, Lions and Shadows.
In 1925, Isherwood was asked to leave Cambridge University after writing joke answers on his second-year exams. He briefly attended medical school, and progressed with his first two novels, All the Conspirators (1928) and The Memorial (1932). In 1930, he moved to Berlin where he taught English, dabbled in communism, and enthusiastically explored his homosexuality. His experiences there, provided the material for Mr. Norris Changes Trains (1935) and Goodbye to Berlin (1938), still his most famous book.
In Berlin in 1932, he also began an important relationship with a young German, Heinz Neddermeyer, with whom he fled the Nazis in 1933. Neddermeyer was refused entry to England on his second visit in 1934, and the pair moved restlessly about Europe until they were finally separated when Neddermeyer was arrested by the Gestapo in May 1937.
In 1938, Isherwood sailed with Auden to China to write Journey to a War (1939), about the Sino-Japanese conflict. They returned to England and Isherwood went on to Hollywood to look for movie-writing work. He also became a disciple of the Ramakrishna monk, Swami Prabhavananda, head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. He decided not to take monastic vows, but he remained a Hindu for the rest of his life, serving, praying, and lecturing in the temple every week and writing a biography, Ramakrishna and His Disciples (1965).
In 1945, Isherwood published Prater Violet, fictionalizing his first movie writing job in London in 1933-1934. In Hollywood, he spent the start of the 1950s fighting his way free of a destructive five-year affair with an attractive and undisciplined American photographer, William Caskey. Caskey took the photographs for Isherwood’s travel book about South America, The Condor and The Cows (1947). Isherwood’s sixth novel, The World in the Evening (1954), written mostly during this period, was less successful than earlier ones.
In 1953, he fell in love with Don Bachardy, an eighteen-year-old college student born and raised in Los Angeles. They were to remain together until Isherwood’s death. In 1961, Isherwood and completed the final revisions to his new novel Down There on a Visit (1962). Their relationship nearly ended in 1963, and Isherwood moved out of their Santa Monica house. This dark period underpins Isherwood’s masterpiece A Single Man (1964).
Isherwood wrote another novel, A Meeting by the River (1967), about two brothers, but he gave up writing fiction and turned entirely to autobiography. In Kathleen and Frank (1971), he drew on the letters and diaries of his parents. In Christopher and His Kind (1976), he returned to the 1930s to tell, as a publicly avowed homosexual, the real story of his life in Berlin and his wanderings with Heinz Neddermeyer. The book made him a hero of gay liberation and a national celebrity all over again but now in his true, political and personal identity. His last book, My Guru and His Disciple (1980), records with similar honesty his conversion to Hinduism and his devotion to Swami Prabhavananda.
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